Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Last Day on the Ship for a While

March 5, 2013

Back at sea, and back to the normal routine.  For the first time, this place feels like home.  Even just sitting on the back deck for breakfast felt like it used to feel on normal days waking up and sitting in our dining room.  Sans the cat, of course.

Matt and I are going to be leaving the ship for three weeks to go along with Prakti to their home office in India, a clean-burning stove conference in Cambodia, then meet the ship back in South Africa on March 25.  I feel excited because we leave tomorrow to fly to Chennai from the port in Kochi, and I’m looking forward to the new adventure of these countries I’ve never been in, but at the same time there’s a little bit of sadness because I’m going to miss our new home.  I’m going to miss the rest of our crew and the Unreasonable at Sea entrepreneurs and all of the learning partners that we’ve become friends with.

Things have changed so much since we embarked two months ago.  People have gotten on the ship and others have unexpectedly gotten off.  Our crew has remained solid with the occasional (and normal) ups and downs.  It’s been awesome to work with such a great crew of awesome personalities, but also with ridiculous amounts of talent.  I’d hire these guys and gals any day.

There’s been a bacterial bug going around the ship that people picked up in Myanmar, so there are entertaining signs all over the ship reminding us to wash our hands.  We’ve had a man down on our team, but it sounds like he’s doing better today.

I’m entertained by the fact that people always talk about travel and how much they love trying the new foods, but if you’re trying new foods, you’re bound to wind up with a new friend in your gut.  It’s comforting that we’re all in the same boat (so to speak) because people are very understanding when you have to run out of the room in the middle of a conversation.  We had an entertaining moment where we all mimicked the attempts to look dignified while hurrying to take care of urgent business.  I wish I had photos.